Cosplay at a Glance: Lu Felixya

Well Folks, this cosplayer actually shared a little about herself.  She’s from Rio de Janeiro in Brasil, and yes, you guessed it:  She’s got a Patreon.  (There’s a lot of Chads and Stewarts out there paying for all of these Patreon and Onlyfans accounts!)

Ladies and Gentlemen, All Cool Things’s™ Cosplay at a Glance presents Lu Felixya.

 

Name:  Lu Felixya

Other Known Aliases:  None

Where We Found Her:  Facebook

What Stood Out:  ‘The way she handles herself and that promise of passion behind the eyes that all Brasilian women possess.

Rango’s Smash Column: Week of 1/18/21 – Are Roy and Chrom Top Tier?

Welcome to this week’s Smash Column!

Lately, I’ve been sorting around my secondaries in Smash. I love up-close-and-personal brawler combat. As such, I base secondaries to cover the bad matchups of my main, Ike, using similar playstyles.

I main Ike and use the rest online or in tournaments.

However, as I’ve been mulling about it and discussing matchups with users on various Smash Discords, I’ve been reconsidering the use of Roy and his Echo Fighter, Chrom.

Roy and Chrom

These two Fire Emblem lords fight similarly to Marth and Lucina. Roy, much like Marth, was introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, from Smash 4 and Ultimate, Roy’s fighting style deviated more from Marth’s and became its own identity. Likewise, Chrom became an offshoot of Roy in which, like Lucina, his sword damage is based evenly around his blade.

In the competitive meta, Roy and Chrom both garner dominant results in tournaments. HyperKirby and Kola (formerly known as SaltOne) were two of the pioneers of the Roy meta in Georgia. Meanwhile, Rivers, from New Jersey, is considered the premiere Chrom in the U.S.

Long story short, from my experiences and from viewing various tier lists, Chrom and Roy are commonly viewed as high tier characters. I’ve also seen tier lists that arrange them into the top tier.

How Roy and Chrom Fit Into my Gameplan.

Full disclosure: While I love using both, I feel Roy fits me slightly better. His extra damage on sweetspot and better recovery really win it for me. On the flipside, my girlfriend enjoys watching me play and especially prefers Chrom. That being said, I can’t let her down.

Since they both play fundamentally similar, it’s good practice to learn both characters. As an Ike main, however, I feel like my character struggles heavily against the likes of Roy and ROB. In terms of matchups, I would also say he loses to Palutena, Fox, Zero Suit Samus, Pac-Man, and Mega Man. They’re all winnable matchups but they must be played with great respect to the opponent’s character due to some competitive advantages such as zoning or advantage state.

I learned my lesson from Smash 4 not to solo-main a character that isn’t top tier. While I will never not main Ike, I’ve learned to cover my bases with characters that can take on his weaker matchups. As such, I’ve proven my case: counterpicking wins sets.

Now, let’s say I need a counter against Mega Man, Palutena, or Pac-Man. Roy and Chrom are considerably even or winning in these matchups. I can use their superior mobility and KO power to my advantage to turn the tides using tools that Ike is lacking. Why fight an uphill battle when you can learn to use new tools? Plus, if I’m being honest, Roy and Chrom are just fun as hell to play.

Fun Trivia About Roy

Believe it or not, Roy was always considered poor in the earlier games he was in. He was a low-tier in Melee, a low tier in Smash 4, and both of these performances stemmed from his home game, Fire Emblem: Binding Blade. In Binding Blade, Roy was seen as one of the worst Lords in the series, in terms of stats, and only became viable near the end of the game. Once he promoted and could wield the Binding Blade, he was fairly viable, but not before spending 20 chapters being carried by stronger units like Lilina.

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade (2002)

Fire Emblem Heroes gave Roy promise, however, in the form of several units. Among these include both a Brave and Legendary variant which made him a considerably tough Sword unit. Meanwhile, as mentioned previously, Roy maintains strong results in tournaments thanks to several talented players. As a Roy fan myself, I’m finally glad to see him doing well in both Smash and Fire Emblem.

Is it Time to Use a New Secondary?

Since I will always main Ike, there’s no debating on whether I would drop him. Not only that, but he’s one of the few characters who does well against the infamous duo, Pikachu and Pichu, with the latter being argued as the best fighter in the game.

I’ve been moving among secondaries. With the graphic I posted above, there’s no way I wouldn’t use these characters. I’ve been warned about “spreading myself thin” and I’m aware that some people still prefer to solo-main. However, I don’t think I would enjoy the game if I could only play one character.

Despite my grievances with Terry, such as botching my inputs, SDing, and landing from his godawful disadvantage state, there’s no way I can stop using him. He’s too fun not to use and has won me big matches in the past.

Sorting My Secondary Fighters

With that said, Cloud, Incineroar, and Lucina are more or less my hobby characters. I don’t plan to bring them out in tournaments save for the few times I’ve done so in the past. I’ve also been using Mario less online since I’m not sure if I want to keep using him for competitive play.

Therefore, that leaves me with Roy/Chrom, Bowser, and Wolf. I’ve been told Wolf does well against Palutena and, if I’m fighting a Roy, I have Bowser at the ready to take them on as well. Counterpicking is a viable strategy that can save sets and win matches.

Does that mean I will use Chrom and Roy as my official secondaries? Right now, I’m not sure. I enjoy playing as them online and I’m definitely learning new things each time I play. But as of this moment, I can’t say for sure if this means I will bring them out in a bracket set. If had to pick 3 characters to use, and two of them were Ike and Terry, their chances of being 3rd would be on par with Wolf and Bowser right now.

As much as I would love to save some clips and post them here, I’ve been having problems with my Switch. It will not read my MicroSD for recording matches and hasn’t been able to do so in months. However, if I do happen to get replays uploaded again, I’ll happily post them here.

I’ll be following up with another Smash Column next week. Be sure to follow our social media links below. Stay well and see you next time!

Demo Reel: Persona 3: Dancing in Moon Light and Persona 5: Dancing in Star Light.

Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight are two rhythm games developed by AtlusP-Studio, published by Sega, released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Following Persona 4: Dancing All Night, these titles are spin-offs of their mainline JRPG series, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona. Featuring the characters of each respective title, you’ll play as the characters in a rhythm game setting.

Fans familiar with Dance Dance Revolution, Taiko no Tatsujin, or Project Diva will feel right at home with the gameplay. To put it simply, you time your button presses to the rhythm of the song. You’ll watch the characters dance with snazzy moves and can even customize their appearance. The soundtracks include remixes of songs from their respective Persona title.

With that said, I went ahead and played the demo for Dancing in Moonlight and Dancing in Starlight. Since they’re both more or less the same game, barring characters and aesthetics, I want to cover them both in a single article and share my thoughts with you. If you’re a fan of Persona or Japanese rhythm games, then you will likely be interested.

What to Expect

The Persona Dancing titles feature a six-button scheme. Corresponding to the screen, you will hit one of three directions or one of three face buttons. Use the analog sticks to do a record scratch effect on certain waves while you match the buttons to the rhythm.

Background dancing will captivate you. Fortunately, it will not distract you from playing. While they’re available at the beginning, I strongly recommend clearing the tutorial before playing the two songs in each demo. For reference, try playing on Easy mode first to get the hang of it.

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While the game’s tutorial advertises other modes within the full game, you cannot play them in the demo. Consequently, it never gives you the chance to really explore what the game has to offer. It might be worth checking YouTube to learn more about the extra modes before pouncing on any of them unless you’re sold by the gameplay immediately.

Final Thoughts

Atlus and Sega are masters of marketing. Keep in mind that the Dancing spin-offs follow Persona 4 Arena, the fighting game which served as a storyline sequel to Persona 3 and Persona 4. This fighting game was co-developed by Atlus as well as Arc Systems Works, the latter of which developed BlazBlue and Guilty Gear. For fans of Koei Tecmo’s Musou (Warriors) series, Persona 5 Scramble will likely come out to the west in the next year or so.

Persona 5 Scramble (Japan, 2020)

While Atlus tends to branch off to various genres in order to promote their games, they succeed in the process. In this case, from the demo, Dancing in Moon Light and Dancing in Star Light played like bona fide rhythm games. As a huge fan of Shoji Meguro‘s soundtracks, the music will certainly invite Persona fans to try the games.

I only played a little bit of DDR throughout my life. Some games, like Jubeat and others, appear at southeast gaming and anime conventions.

Until COVID clears up and people can venture out to conventions again, it might not be possible to recreate that experience for a while. With that said, if rhythm games are your thing, I recommend trying the demo (P3D and P5D) first before you leap to buy them.

Do you plan on playing the Persona rhythm titles? Let us know in the comments below. As always, be sure to follow our social media links below to take our latest, entertaining gaming content with you!

Super Mario 3D World: Nintendo introduces Bowser’s Fury in a new trailer for Switch.

Earlier today, Nintendo unveiled their latest trailer for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. While Super Mario 3D World, a port of the 2013 Nintendo Wii U title, was showcased last year, Nintendo has now featured Bowser’s Fury mode. This new campaign seems to feature an open-world structure and all-new challenges for players while accompanied by Bowser Jr.

Bowser’s Fury seems to show a new, powerful form of Bowser. Fans of past Mario games know of Bowser’s ability to grow into a giant. That also extends to the Smash Bros. series where Bowser can become Giga Bowser. However, this new form is a darker, spikier, and more menacing form of Bowser. Not to mention it’s not often you hear a symphonic metal track playing in a Mario game.

The Bowser’s Fury campaign also features new goals such as collecting Cat icon medals, enemies like Cat Piranha Plants, and even features Bowser Jr’s Magic Paintbrush from Super Mario Sunshine return.

What makes Super Mario 3D World charming?

Super Mario 3D World spawned from its 3DS predecessor, Super Mario 3D Land, while making a number of improvements to the formula. It takes the 4-player co-op of New Super Mario Bros., adds Peach as a playable character, and is designed by the team behind the Super Mario Galaxy titles. Peach’s addition marks the first time she’s been playable in a mainline Mario title since Super Mario Bros. 2.

Another reference to Super Mario Bros. 2.

The stage design in 3D World is nothing short of perfect. There’s a stage dedicated to Super Mario Kart, a snow stage where you can wear a Goomba’s Shoe variant with skates, and even explore a Boo Mansion with a haunting filter. Every stage in the game caters to 1 to 4 players without sacrificing mobility, pacing, or design choices that could compromise the enjoyment based on the player count.

The lush visuals, stellar level design, and enemy variety, awesome soundtrack, boss battles, and powerups offer some of the single best gameplay in a Nintendo title to date. The multiple suits, including Tanooki, Cat, Boomerang, and even Gold Cat, bring back the days of hunting down suits in Super Mario Bros. 3!

The release of this software on Nintendo’s failed Wii U console does not do the software justice. As with past Wii U hits before it, this amazing title finally finds its way home on Nintendo’s Switch. Every attention to detail, from the controls to the secrets, were polished with the finest care and made the game enjoyable from start to finish and beyond.

With that being said, I would daresay that it was the best game on the console. As such, this upcoming release should be missed by absolutely no one. If you were a fan of Super Mario Galaxy, I cannot stress this enough: You will absolutely adore 3D World.

I assure you the soundtrack is just as good as in the Galaxy titles.

Release Date

Super Mario 3D World comes to Nintendo Switch on February 12, 2021. You can preorder the title from retailers as well as the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo is also releasing a specially themed Mario edition Switch releasing on the same day.

Also, be sure to check out these Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibos coming out on the game’s release date!

Follow us on our social media links below. Be sure to keep up with us as we update you with the latest info on Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury!

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Queen B Cosplay: Pictorial

It was a pleasure featuring Queen B Cosplay for this Up and Coming Cosplayers.  I would have thought that cosplayers would be more open to being featured for all of the home-bound masses of a COVID-19 world, but strangely enough we have been hurting for cooperative and participating cosplayers (hence our new series “Cosplay at a Glance).

If you haven’t read our interview with Queen B Cosplay, I suggest you do, as it will lend portent into our choice of photos for her pictorial, as well as give you more of a appreciation for them.

One thing that we will tell you that we did not get to touch upon in her interview, is that Queen B Cosplay is a graphic designer and editor.  In fact, you can see some of her work in her pictorial, as well as the other pictures in her Cosplayer Score Card and Interview.

Without further ado, please enjoy the pictorial for Queen B Cosplay:  The Fighting Queen!

Datamine reveals upcoming Nintendo Switch model featuring 4K and OLED display.

Earlier this week, a report surfaced that a datamine revealed an upgraded Nintendo Switch console. The source comes from ResetERA and was leaked by SciresM. While the rumors have spun for months about a “Nintendo Switch Pro” console, this datamine is the most decisive evidence regarding its existence.

I’ve been following Nintendo for decades and have seen my fair share of rumors. I’ve seen dozens of threads regarding leaks for Super Smash Bros. rosters and I’ve also seen roster leaks that were confirmed upon the game’s release. The Smash community is no stranger to fake leaks created for building false hype and trolling the scene. However, datamines are a different story.

What makes a datamine legit?

Unlike the rumors and leaks, which may or may not be legit, datamining comes from a digitized source. These come from game code or even system code. Unlike the hearsay spread through forums, datamining comes with evidence.

One example comes from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. Back in 2015, Roy from Fire Emblem and Ryu from Street Fighter were found in a datamine. This includes name files as well as voice files. Rather than to assume this was needless hearsay to stir up the community, it was only a matter of time before they came to Smash. Interestingly, what was not known was the inclusion of Lucas, who was released on the same day.

Another prominent datamine comes from their mobile title, Fire Emblem Heroes. Shortly after the game’s release in February 2017, dataminers found files of a holiday-themed Tharja and Robin in the files. During December, these characters were indeed confirmed in their release.

Case in point, datamines should be taken with more than just a grain of salt.

What’s in Store for the Upcoming Switch Model?

According to the report, this Switch model features 4K display in docked mode. That is to say, it will render graphics at a resolution rivaling the PS4 and Xbox One. Furthermore, it also features an OLED screen. The OLED screen is familiar for anyone with either an Android or PlayStation Vita. Furthermore, the report speculates the enhancements of both cooldown and battery life.

Truly ahead of its time.

The Nintendo Switch is no stranger to the latter issues. The battery on the Switch, depending on the model you own, lasts between 2.5 hours at worst and 9 hours at best. The Switch’s ability to keep up with PS4 and Xbox One multiplatform titles also comes with a noticeable drop in visual quality.

It’s worth noting that, at one point, Nintendo’s console, the GameCube, outperformed the PlayStation 2 during the early 2000s. Ever since the era of the Wii, Nintendo’s visual quality and performance has never quite caught up to the speed of its competitors. With the PS5 and Xbox Series X out, at least the Switch may at last catch up to the PS4 and Xbox One. As releases for last-gen consoles will continue to go strong, this might also invite developers and publishers to release more multiplatform titles on the Switch as well.

While Nintendo consoles have seldom received timely upgrades, their handheld line always featured revisions of some sort. The Game Boy received the Game Boy Pocket and the Game Boy Color, the Game Boy Advance received the SP, DS got the DS Lite, DSi, and DSi XL, and the 3DS received the 3DS XL and New 3DS XL. That’s also not mentioning the budget choice, the 2DS. As Switch is a hybrid portable console and has already received the Switch Lite revision, it’s all too possible that Nintendo is preparing for an upgraded console this year.

We will keep you posted on more info as it becomes available to us. Be sure to follow our social media links below to keep up with our latest updates!

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Queen B Cosplay: Interview

 

With COVID-19 still in full effect, I’ve had a dry spell of cosplay goodness for my Up and Coming Cosplayer series, and so I had to find another way to share great lesser known cosplayer with you all.  Fortunately for me, this fighting queen answered my call without fear, and we’ve gotten some great articles and content from working with her.

She’s #CosFit as a fitness enthusiast and a martial artist of several disciplines.  She’s a gamer that loves her fighting games, and lives her life like her cosplay characters:  in charge and independently.

All Cool Things™ is proud to present 2021’s first Up and Coming Cosplayer:  Queen B Cosplay!

 

 

I think I always ask this question, but it’s too big to put as a form question in my “Cosplayer Score Card.” How did you get into cosplay?  Is there a person that helped indoctrinate you?

 

I saw a Facebook event suggestion for Anime Pasadena back in 2019.  Then one day I looked at concept art for C. Viper and I was like: “I could totally pull it off!”

It took me like a month and a half to pull together store bought clothes that looked similar, and a whole bunch of YouTube videos on how to do the wig.

 

 

 

What were some of the things that you really fell in love with, about cosplay?  What made you realise that you had found a community for you?

 

I loved that not only do I share some martial arts skills as some of my favorite characters, but now I can look like them!

I am always in love with the transformation and give me an excuse to dress up.  My makeup game has improved because of cosplaying.

POC Cosplayers on Facebook has been overwhelmingly supportive and inspired me to take cosplaying more seriously.

 

 

 

Like many cosplayers, you have passions beyond that you draw inspiration from.  One of them is martial arts.  How did you get into martial arts?  What disciplines do you know?

 

My very first introduction to martial arts was Karate at the age of 16.  I was consistent for about a year and a half, then took to studying and preparing for college.  During college I’ve dabbled in Krav Maga, Gumdo, and Kung Fu San Soo.

I really got serious with my training when I took up Juj Jitsu for the purpose of MMA.  Through that, I’ve also taken boxing and Muay Thai classes.  During COVID, I plan to take Gumdo back up because I can still practice social distance, but I plan to get back into Muay Thai and Jui Jitsu after COVID is under control.

 

 

I can tell by your cosplays that you are also a fan of fighting games.  Which did you like first:  martial arts or fighting games?  Did one get you into the other?

 

I was exposed to fighting games first, but shortly after I took up Karate which boosted my confidence a little.  It wasn’t until I saw Tekken 5 for the first time, and I was so pumped up, I signed up for Kung Fu the next week.

‘Been my obsession ever since.

 

 

 

I grew up a SEGA man, for various reasons.  To me, SEGA systems always made the best SNK ports, and tried their best to be arcade accurate with every port they ever got, rather than other systems that took liberties depending on their strengths and weaknesses.  What was/is your console manufacturer of choice?

 

I’ve always been a SONY girl.  My family got the “family PlayStation” so we were all gamers when I was a kid.  I do sometimes wish that I had a Nintendo for the sake of nostalgia attached to Mario, Zelda, etc, but I love that I grew up with Spyro (I LOVE Dragons!) Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy (which inspired me to get into game art and design), Resident Evil, Tekken, and sooo many more!

 

 

 

What are some of your favourite fighting games?  Do you tend to like 2D or 3D better?  Do you tend to like the older or newer fighting games, better?

 

I like 3D better to play, but I do like to look at concept art for the 2D games. Tekken, Soulcalibur, and Mortal Kombat are my main faves.

 

 

What is it about fighting game characters that inspires you to cosplay?  Do any of those qualities translate to the other characters you have cosplayed, like Sephiroth?

 

Being a martial artist, it’s such a nice feeling when I pull off a move during a round and I’m like “I can totally do that in real life!” Walking around as my favorite fighting character at cons knowing that I can mimic their fighting moves is icing on the cake for me.

Also, a lot of game characters have such unique fashion sense.  King of Fighters has great fashion in my opinion.

I LOVE weapons, so much so that I collect antique blades. So a character donned in black leather, long gorgeous hair, and a katana… Why didn’t I cosplay him sooner!?

 

 

Between the cosplay, working out, and martial arts, would you say that romantic interests find you intimidating?  Do you find time for it?  Would you say that you have to find time for love outside of these interests, or does it help to find someone within them?

 

I spent much of my adult life on my own, getting my work and home in balance.  I have been told once that I was intimidating:  A woman who can defend herself, makes her own money, and has a place of her own?  I suppose it’s kind of a rarity.  I think those who have the right mindset, or one similar to me, wouldn’t be intimidating.  I do love that the intimidating factor does weed out the not-so-eligible suitors, LOL.

The only problem I find when looking for love is that I am extremely picky:  I look for a man who shares the same core values, is just as loyal as I am, and physical activity is a must, (martial arts is a huge bonus for me) and is a nerd like me.

I’m sure you can imagine the search for a partner takes quite a while, but I have taught myself to love my own company so I never settle or rush into anything, and I am content when I am single.  I rarely consider anyone outside of shared interests.  What would there be to talk about?  I prefer quality connections, not to collect bodies.

 

 

 

You are a relatively new cosplayer, so there is still so much to learn.  What aspects of cosplay and crafting would you like to explore next?  Is there an aspect that you are working on, now?

 

I would LOOOOOOOVE to learn EVA foam armor.  I am planning on getting a 3D printer soon.  Being a 3D Artist, it only makes sense to incorporate it into my cosplay.  I figured I could learn 3D armor printing first

 

 

 

Have any cosplayers taken you under their wing to help give tips on the craft?  Are there any cosplayers that you like to collaborate with?

 

I am the type of person to figure things out for myself, LOL.  Sometime I do post a question or 2 on Facebook cosplay groups, but I tend to be pretty independent.

 

 

Some would say that now is one of the worst times to get into cosplay because of COVID-19, and how it has caused so many conventions to be put on hold.  How do you keep your fledgling flame alive without so much interaction with the community?

 

I feel I do get the interaction of the community…but without being crammed in a hall next to potentially hygiene-compromised fans… and all of the other downsides to con-going.  I’ve taken part in
a few online contests, live chats, and I’ve even won some prizes here and there.  I use this at-home time to be my own subject for learning photography, and improving my photo compositing and 3D photo integration.  I am excited for when cons come back.  I have so many new costumes to show!

 

 

 

Were there any conventions in particular that you missed because of COVID-19 that you definitely would have attended?

 

I’ve never been to Fanime, but the idea of a 24/7-ish con is amazing.  I was about to go earlier last year, but COVID happened. I definitely want to go one day.

 

 

 

Is there anything that you particularly enjoy about conventions?  Before cosplay, had you ever experienced “con life?”

 

I’ve always been to tech/game conventions like SIGGRAPH, and even a few E3’s.

 

 

 

When COVID-19 becomes moot, do you think you would like to start travelling to conventions out of state or region?

 

100%, I plan to first go to GACUCon, which is a gaming/anime convention via Royal Caribbean, then I want to go to Thailand for some Muay Thai camps, and beach fun/cosplay shoots, and
of course, Japan, LOL.  I actually have a whole list of travel ideas…

 

 

As a newcomer to cosplay, do you have a message to would-be cosplayers sitting on the fence?

 

Cosplay really is for everyone!  It adds an extra dimension to your favorite show or video game when you can cosplay as your favorite character.  You don’t have to start big, in fact you could even just do closet cosplay, or even casual versions of your favorite character.  It is a very good outlet to expressing oneself.

SNK Features Debut Trailer for The King of Fighters XV, Samurai Shodown Season 3, and more!

SNK has finally unveiled their debut trailer for The King of Fighters XV! In a recent presentation, SNK featured their newest game featuring several KOF favorites to include Kyo, Mai, and Leona. Additionally, they’ve showcased the latest Season Pass DLC for Samurai Shodown as well as included a few extra goodies: The King of Fighters XIV Ultimate Edition and The King of Fighters 2002 UM featuring rollback netcode for PS4!

I’m honestly quite stoked for KOF XV. This largely stems from how much I love using Terry in Smash Bros. and dove into the SNK rabbit hole thanks to his inclusion. I got KOF XIV only to run into a barren wasteland online which, in turn, is thanks to its lukewarm reception and poor netcode. I’ve been wanting to get into KOF for a good while now and I’m really hoping SNK will deliver with XV.

Samurai Shodown

Believe it or not, SNK introduced not one, but two, characters for Season Pass 3! The first is Cham-Cham, the cute feral girl from past SamSho titles. The second? None other than Hibiki from The Last Blade.

What I love about this is seeing The Last Blade get some love. Hibiki might be known to some fighting gamers as a character from Capcom vs. SNK 2. But The Last Blade is rarely heard of in conversation. It’s a weapons-based 2D fighting game taking place during the end of the Edo period. Anime and manga fans who might be familiar with this timeframe might associate this with Rurouni Kenshin. In fact, The Last Blade does feature several influences from the famous samurai manga series.

I only became a fan of the Last Blade titles last year when CodeMystics released them on PS4 and PC. Despite being relics from the 90s, they play amazingly well. It’s the kind of game I would love to play in tournaments. I’ve always been a fan of weapons-based fighting games like SoulCalibur. I definitely love the game’s aesthetic and music too. But as SNK likely won’t revive the series anytime soon, I’m more than happy seeing The Last Blade representation in SamSho. Perhaps this will open the gateway for more Last Blade characters to enter SamSho as well.

Truth be told, I wish I could be more hype about this. In fact, I would love to play more Samurai Shodown. Unfortunately, due to the once again terrible netcode, the game was left in a barren state online. In the worst possible time period to have bad netcode in fighting games, SNK will not add rollback and, thus, leaves Samurai Shodown on PS4 to its barren fate.

The King of Fighters XIV Ultimate Edition

Remember what I said about KOF XIV? I practically rushed to go buy it on PS4 once it went on sale and I was riding that SNK high in Smash Bros. After a few trips through Arcade mode and several unsuccessful attempts to play online, that was it.

Sadly, KOF XIV will not introduce rollback netcode to this re-release. This sucks because CodeMystics, who released several of SNK’s classic 90s and 2000s titles on consoles and PC, implemented rollback into these games. KOF XIV, SNK’s last prominent entry in the series, will just have the same delay-based netcode. As such, I don’t expect people to play it online. I’ll just have to wait for KOF XV to come out.

The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match

On the flipside, the game that introduced me to the KOF series is getting a re-release on PS4 and will feature rollback netcode. This alone gets me hype because, after Capcom vs. SNK 2, I bought this game on my 360 around 10 years ago. I loved KOF 2002 UM’s music so much! This was the game for me!

However, like with the PS4 releases of Garou, The Last Blade, and KOF ’97, I am a little worried that online will be barren again. Not because of netcode but because it’s the re-release of an older fighting game. If loyal KOF fans flock to the title, however, it might be popping for at least a little bit. I would love to get some matches in and prepare for KOF XV.

That being said, I’m really excited for some reason. Maybe it’s because SNK is picking up the steam and sharing the love for their classic games. I would love to see KOF XV become a mainstream fighting game hit like Street Fighter and Tekken. SNK has been quite busy with their games and new console lately. With that being said, here’s hoping their latest hit delivers!

We’ll keep you posted on upcoming news for KOF XV. Follow up with us on our social media links below! If you have anything to say about SNK’s upcoming releases, leave a note in the replies!

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Queen B Cosplay: Cosplayer Score Card

Cosplay Name:  Queen B Cosplay

How You Came Up with Name:  I’m a Queen with a name that starts with “B.”

Other Known Aliases:  None

Base of Operations:  California

Years Cosplaying:  2

First Cosplay:  C. Viper from Street Fighter

First Con:  Anime Pasedena 2019

Cons per Year:  Fairly new, so 2019 I did 3, and this year none 🙁

Make Your Own Costume:  ‘Beginner; I made my Menat costume.  I mostly buy items or commission talent.

Make Your Own Props:  ‘Beginner; I mostly buy and commission.

Do Your Own Hair:  Yes

Do Your Own Makeup:  Yes

Do Your Own Wig Styling:  No, I commission @cosplaydesigns4u on Insta.

Make Your Own Wigs:  No, but @cosplaydesigns4u might get into making from scratch.

Bodypaints:  None

Favourite Cosplay:  ‘Wall Market Sephiroth, so far.  Jade is second fav.

Number of Times You Have Been to Dragon Con:  ‘None, but might consider going.

Patreon, Ko-fi, Onlyfans, Etsy, and/or Support Link:  None

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Rango’s Smash Blog: I Still Play Competitive Smash and I Do Not Understand Why.

Welcome back to Rango’s Smash Blog! If this is your first time here, allow me to introduce myself.
I’m a competitive esports player and part-time Smash coach. I’ve been playing Smash since 1999 and playing competitively since Brawl came out on the Wii. My offline tournament journey began in 2014, upon the release of the 3DS and Wii U titles, and I’ve been competing ever since. As a previously sponsored player who traveled to tournaments across the country, I made myself a name as both as a ranked Georgia player and one of the best Ike mains in the world. If you’re interested, you can read a bit more about my tournament history.

2020 and Online Tournaments

Ever since COVID started, I’ve been inactive in the tournament scene. With CEO Dreamland, hosted in March, being the last major offline tournament, many players have resorted to playing in online tournaments. Moreover, even Nintendo has made bare-minimum efforts to improve online. With that being said, however, I’ve had no interest in playing in online tournaments.
 
I’ve done my fair share of entering a few online tournaments. Waiting around for matches at home isn’t the same as actually being inside a venue while interacting with people. It just feels like sitting in a waiting room, in your house, when you could be doing something more productive. It honestly surprises me how many players participate in online tournaments.
 
However, I also notice that the online rankings differ vastly from the offline rankings. Perhaps a number of top players have just as little interest in entering online tournaments as I do and prefer to focus on content creation and other endeavors.
I cite MKLeo and Fatality as two people who place much higher on the offline rankings. As such, I find this ranking to be subjective either to how online meta works, Or perhaps this is due to top players’ lack of interest in online tournament play.

Why I don’t enter online tournaments.

With that being said, why not enter? They’re easy to find and, I know if I wanted to, I could enter and do incredibly well. I not only main Ike but use several characters proficiently to cover his bad matchups. The online tournaments I’m aware of don’t even have a buy-in, so it’s basically entering for free and getting paid for placing high.
 
But truth be told, I’m not interested. While I take my offline tournaments seriously, I’ve always been someone who plays Smash for fun first and foremost. The same guy who enters 1v1 tournaments to win is also the same guy you’ll spot playing 8-player matches with items on. I’ll sooner go to a convention and play fun matches with groups of people than go ham when I’m trying to have a good time. I’ve won my fair share of con tournaments and even won free badges to southeast anime conventions such as Ichibancon and Triad. However, the pacing of a con tournament, coupled with its casual ruleset, no longer interests me.
 
With that being said, part of me wonders if it would be a good financial endeavor to enter online tournaments. It’s hard to find good training partners in Smash online. I struggle to find matches on Anther’s Ladder and even Discord. In fact, most of what I really do is just end up playing on Elite Smash, the random matchmaking mode. This leads me to play against players with poor habits, use annoying characters, or end up leaving after one match.

Nintendo’s Online and Fighting Games

This is mostly Nintendo’s fault for not only having poor netcode but also for offering poor matchmaking options. Joining an arena is a potluck of players of various skill levels which include those lower than what I seek. Even though a more recent update added Elite Smash to play with higher-level players in Arenas, it’s totally empty. I kid you not that searching for high-level players on arena matchmaking leads to no results. It’s just as empty if you host arenas too.
 
All-in-all, I want tournaments to come back. I’ve tried filling the void by playing more viable online fighting games, like Tekken 7. But nothing hits quite like Smash. It’s my favorite game by far and the one I still play online in.

Getting Back into the Game

For some reason, though, I just can’t stop playing online. Even if I’m tormenting myself on Quickplay, it feels good to just play my characters, practice, and feel some level of improvement. Sometimes I’ll find a good challenge on Discord and we’ll host arenas to play sets in. While it doesn’t happen often, those are some of the highlights of my day.
 
More than anything, I feel like I’m just prepping right now for offline tournaments to return. Once COVID goes away, perhaps thanks to the new vaccines, we might be able to venture out and compete once more. I would love to become a sponsored player again and travel the country in search of new challenges. I definitely want to become a better player than I am now and I certainly look forward to what comes once we get back in full gear.
 
Right now, playing online is just to prepare for offline tournaments. I might consider an online tournament if it conveniences me and falls into my time slot. Whether I do or do not, however, I’ll still be playing Smash online and getting ready for that day when we can compete offline once more.